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San Francisco 2009 Cherry Blossom Parade.

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April 28, 2009

Follow Through
Tuesday. A day not as good as yesterday, but a good day none the less. The photo equipment I'd been waiting for arrived this morning and I unpacked it to see what it looked like. Had I just been an idiot blowing money on something I didn't need? I've done that in the past. Nothing too spectacular here, a relatively heavy duty light stand with a cross bar designed to hold a multiplicity of photo gizmos I wanted to use with the small strobes, specifically to hold a three by three foot white cloth that's stretched on an aluminum frame, a device for scattering/softening light used to get very close to your subject, letting you position the fabric solidly, pretty much anywhere you like. At least that's what the guy said in the book. Add a couple of small strobes on stands I had on hand and you have something with which you can produce pictures in a studio or in the field. At least that's what the guy said in the book.

I'd been taking a nap when the packages arrived so I was a little slow in unpacking them and thinking, looking at the individual pieces, this thing isn't going to work and I'm an idiot. Later, with the head clearer, I put it together and realized it was exactly as advertised, exactly as I'd been thinking, maybe a little better. So I'll futz around with it tomorrow and see. Deedle-dee-dee. Then I'll know if I was an idiot or not for ordering it, the product of a fuzzy head and easy access to the B & H web site. I'd say you think I'm kidding but I know you don't.

I slept in through breakfast this morning and went down instead to the usual place around two to have lunch thinking I'd try eating something ambitious. Ambitious was a patty melt with no onions and potato salad. My waitress is aware of my situation and we went back and forth on the potato salad versus some nice steamed white rice, but went with the potato salad. They went down just fine although they're now an acid streak chattering to one another in the middle of my stomach. At least it all went down, something I wasn't able to accomplish yesterday. (No need to describe it.) This is good.

Later. I put up a few lights and played with them for half an hour. These are a beginning. A start. Now we see if I follow through.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2009 Cherry Blossom Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/1800 second, f 2.8, ISO 200.